Lustro e Lusso / Lustre and Luxe
MAO Torino 2023
Italian translation of the libretto by Scriptum
The MAO Museo di Arte Orientale 2023 programme is starting off with a new project devoted to Islamic art and the results produced by its influence over the centuries in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. A timely exhibition that takes an initial look at a world of immense complexity and beauty: starting from the museum’s permanent collection, Lustre and luxe from Islamic Spain. Liquid Frontiers and Entangled Worlds puts the accent on the cultural syncretism between the Islamic and European worlds, which finds its ideal synthesis in the Mediterranean area and offers visitors a new perspective on a centuries-long story of artistic and linguistic transformation and influence, and knowledge written in the weave of fabrics and on the gleaming surface of pottery.